Playing Safe in the Sun!
Now that Summer is in our midst, there’s nothing like spending the day at the beach or a weekend at the cottage with the kids. Fresh air, sunshine, water, and warm weather. That’s what we live for in the Summer, right? In Canada, our Summer season is not that long, so we try to make the most out of our “hot” weather and sun-filled days.
It’s always a good idea to keep our little ones safe while having fun in the sun. A spot in the shade, a beach umbrella, and a hat can help prevent sunburns and heat exhaustion. If keeping your kids out of the sun’s rays from 10AM to 4PM (when the sun’s rays are at their strongest) is out of the question, just make sure they are protected from the sun.
Little One does not leave the house without her hat. I traded in her adorable little polka dot bikini for a full-on UV-protective suit. It looks like a wetsuit (the kind that SCUBA divers wear). Yes, I’ve been the source of many jokes with the other moms when we take the kids swimming. Little One is covered head to toe with her wide-brimmed hat, UV-protective suit, sunglasses, AND sunblock. It actually is kind of funny to see her covered up while all the other kids are swimming naked! It does seem a little excessive on my part, but her skin is so delicate and she burns easily.
I’ve never been diligent at applying sunblock to my own body. A self-professed sun worshiper and beach hopper, I used to bask in the sun’s warm rays. I used to slather on the tanning oil and try to get as golden brown as possible when I was in my early 20s! Things have changed somewhat though. I won’t lie. The thought of skin cancer scares me. Hubby and Little One both have fair skin. Not only do I make my 20 month old toddler wear a hat and cover up, but I also use sunblock for babies on her. I apply it on her before we leave the house and re-apply throughout the day.
When Little One was very little, I avoided using sunblock because I was not sure how safe it was to use on babies. I had done my research and came up with many conflicting articles on the use of sunblock on babies. I had heard that it was not recommended to use sunblock on babies younger than 6 months of age. I recall having numerous conversations about the whole “Is it okay to use sunblock on babies?” debate with ALL my mommy friends and family members. Thanks to Twitter, blogs and Facebook, moms can throw any question out there and with the help of the Internet, our mommy questions are answered! It is always wise to ask your children’s pediatrician first. Not that the true, tried and tested methods from other moms isn’t helpful. Other moms can offer some pearls of wisdom, but like anything, always research all your options thoroughly first.
According to this article on BabyCenter.Com, “Until August 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended against using any type of sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months, because their skin’s ability to metabolize and excrete chemicals may not be fully developed.” This said, the article further states that the recommendation was somewhat revised and that it is fine to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age.
If uncertain, always consult your family doctor or pediatrician. Our pediatrician recommended a waterproof sunblock for babies/children with SPF 30 or higher.
Some safer sunscreens available are:
California Baby SPF 30 + Sunblock Stick – No Fragrance – This is a non chemical sunscreen. It uses non-penetrating titanium dioxide (no nano particles) to protect against the sun. It is also made with organic & sustainably grown ingredients.
Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Faceblock SPF 25 – Another chemical free sunblock using non-penetrating titanium dioxide.
ThinkBaby Sunscreen – Free of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, No Nano particles, Paraben Free and PABA Free.
Miessence Organics Reflect Outdoor Balm SPF 15 – Made by a great company with organic ingredients. It has added antioxidants and beta carotene to help nourish skin and protect it.
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